Four Central Missouri pitchers combined to limit ACU to six hits and one run Saturday night as the fourth-ranked Mules knocked off ACU, 8-1, in the Astros in Action D-II Invitational at Minute Maid Park.
The Wildcats (1-1) will be back in action Sunday at 1 p.m. against Lone Star Conference foe Incarnate Word in a non-conference game.
The Mules broke open a scoreless game with a five-run fourth inning that was keyed by a two-out, two-strike hit by pitch to Jon Cotter to load the bases. ACU pitcher Ty Taylor then gave up a two-run single to Samuel Domingue to put the Mules on top, 2-0.
Kyle Grieshaber added another two-run single in the inning as the Mules pulled away.
Central Missouri added another run in the bottom of the fifth before ACU scored its lone run in the top of the sixth. Seth Spivey was hit to lead off the inning and then went to third on a single to right field by Tyler Eager. Kyle Giusti -- who drove in four runs in Friday's 13-3 win over Arkansas-Monticello -- lifted a fly ball to deep right field that plated Spivey on a sacrifice fly.
But that was as close as the Wildcats could get as they saw Central Missouri close out the contest with two more runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Taylor was tagged with the loss after going just 3 2/3 innings in his Wildcat debut, giving up seven hits and five runs while striking out just one batter. Chris Fitzpatrick picked up the win for Central Missouri, going 5 2/3 innings in a starting role and giving up five hits and one run while striking out three Wildcats.
Information provided by ACU athletics department.